Edith Hamilton’s Mythology Tabloid Project
Purpose: Students will use their knowledge of Greek mythology to create a tabloid
newspaper. By completing this project, they will gain an understanding of how a particular
style (both visual and written) is used to suit a particular purpose. Students will also gain
skills in using Adobe PhotoShop and either PageMaker or QuarkExpress or other design
Materials: Copies of recently published tabloids (The Star, The National Enquirer, etc.),
books and Internet sites with illustrations of mythological characters, computers with Adobe
PhotoShop and PageMaker or QuarkExpress software (students can use Microsoft Word if
these other programs are not available), a document/photo scanner, copies of Hamilton’s
book, a large envelope containing slips of paper, each slip with the name of mythological
figure written on it.
Pre-Activities: Students will have read the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton and been
assessed/evaluated for their reading.
Activities: Students will first complete the group activities shown on the next page. Then in
small groups students will assign individual tasks for completing the tabloids. After
gathering photos and writing articles, students will use design software to make a finished,
full-colour, eight-page tabloid.
Inquiring Minds: Mythology Makes the Tabloids
Anyone who has spent time in his local supermarket has seen the latest tabloid
headlines: "Rabbit-Faced Baby Born to Buck-Toothed Mom" or "Aliens Abduct Man and
Return Him to Earth 100 Years Later."
The Greek myths you have been reading provide bizarre stories for such journalistic
license: "Three-headed Dog Guards Portal to Underworld," "Flying Horse Helps Hero." Your
class is going to become a newspaper staff to produce a paper in the style of a tabloid.
Examine the tabloids and complete the following activities as a group.
1. List some of the ways the front page works to sell the paper.
2. Choose one article with an attention-getting headline. Once the article is read, discuss and
record the differences in what the headline promises and what the article actually says.
3. Discuss the style and format of the tabloids and how mythology lends itself to this kind of
journalism. Brainstorm a list of possible headlines and write them down. You should have
one headline for each student in your group.
4. Brainstorm and write down a list of characters from mythology who would lend
themselves to a "juicy" interview. You should have one name for each student.
Complete the following activities as individuals:
1. Each student should choose one of the headlines you brainstormed as a group. Each
student must write about the headline for five minutes. This prewriting becomes the source of
articles with headlines like "Mysterious Rocks Destroy Ships at Sea" or "Baby Strangles
Snake with Bare Hands."
2. Each student should choose one of the characters you listed as a group. Pretend that you
are a famous reporter and have been given an exclusive interview with your character. What
juicy information would your readers want to know? Write down three interview questions
2. Draw a mythological name from the envelope. Write as many direct quotes as
possible for your character (at least 6). For example, the Cyclops might be overheard
saying, "I've had my eye on Odysseus for a while."
Create a tabloid newspaper.
It should be at least eight pages in length. One page--front and back--is equal to two pages.
You tabloid should include the following:
Front page with headlines.
You may also include obituaries, classified ads, an advice column, regular advertisements
Your group's project will be graded for its
Meeting of minimum requirements 20 points
Visual Appeal 20 points
Content 40 points
Creativity and Scope 20 points
Each group member will turn in this sheet with your project.
For this project, I was responsible for: ___________________________________
(examples: writing articles, classified ads, layout and design, artwork, etc.)
As compared to the other members in my group, my contribution to this project was
Very Significant Significant Somewhat Significant Minor Nil
I would give my group a grade of _______. If this project were assigned in the future, it
could be made better by the teacher or the students doing the following: